"Life is really simple. But we insist on making it complicated"
I don't know about you, but I desire a life that is simple.
A life that feels slow.
And a life that makes me happy.
At the end of the day I think this is what most of us want.
This is my personal journey of how I'm doing just that.
I'm Nicola, part-time Physiotherapist, full-time dog-mum and writer. I'm also the Stories Editor for Creative Countryside.
After hitting rock-bottom in 2011 (think broken marriage, losing my house in the Christchurch earthquakes and walking away from my failing business) I dove head first into the self-development world after realising that happiness wasn't going to be found at the bottom of a wine bottle.
It was exactly what I needed, and it helped me crawl out from under the big rock that had crushed my life. Back then the online world felt a little different than it does today. It was quieter. People wrote about finding happiness from within, rather than looking to external elements. And for someone who had just lost everything that made perfect sense.
But things online began to change. Every time I opened my computer it seemed there were new life, wellness and business coaches popping up all over the place. And the noise online got louder.
Everywhere I looked someone was telling me how to make a green smoothie. Or sell me an essential oil. I began to feel guilty that I didn't have a morning routine or a gratitude practice. And how could I possibly be fulfilling my soul's purpose if I didn't have a heart-centred, six-figure business that allowed me to live a freedom lifestyle?!
To be honest, for a while I got sucked in to all of the noise. But do you know what? It actually began to make me feel miserable. And stressed out. I began to realise that I was living my life in an online bubble, rather than living it in the real world.
So I took a step back and started again.
I consciously slowed my life down. I simplified my days as much as possible. And I chose to only do things that made me happy, rather than things I felt I 'should' be doing.
Here I have found true relaxation, well-being and gratitude. Most importantly of all I discovered that as I decluttered my life, my mind began to feel less cluttered as well.
And I'm here to give you permission to do the same.
If you'd like to read more about how I got to where I am today, these blog posts are my very personal, tell all account. I hope you enjoy them.